US (MI): Bay City offering more marijuana licenses for large growers due to increased demand

Bay City approved a change to its code of ordinances that will now allow for more large-scale cannabis growing licenses to be purchased in the city while reducing the number of small-scale licenses available.

The Bay City Commission approved an ordinance amendment that changed the amount of adult-use and medical cannabis licenses available to different sized operations during its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 4. The Bay City Times previously reported that cannabis growers in the city requested a redistribution of the city’s class A and B licenses to the larger class C category due to an increase in both demand and the cost of operations.

Bay City’s class A license allows for 500 plants, class B allows for 1,000 plants and class C allows for 1,500 plants in the medical category and 2,000 plants in adult-use. The smaller class A and B licenses are underutilized, per the agenda item. The approved ordinance amendment decreases each of these categories by 15 each and moves 30 open slots over to the class c licenses category, for a total of 55 available class C licenses for larger operations.

The ordinance amendment also increases the number of adult-use cannabis licenses available. Previously, the ordinance only allowed for 5 excess grower licensees. However, the amendment made a new allocation for 15 total excess grower licenses to meet increased demand.


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